Magazine article Tate Etc.

Editors' Note

Magazine article Tate Etc.

Editors' Note

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This issue celebrates two giants of modernism exhibiting at Tate Modern this season - Henri Matisse and Kazimir Malevich, who each in his own way was intent on radical invention until the last days of their lives. With Matisse, it was his paper cut-outs that reflected an extraordinary new chapter in his final decade, witnessed not only (somewhat jealously) by his friend Picasso, but also by two of our contributors - Françoise Gilot (fellow artist and Picasso's onetime partner) and Jacqueline Duhême, who at the time was a twenty-year-old assistant in Matisse's studio (page 38). They both describe in captivating detail how Matisse would carve pure colour with pieces of paper painted with gouache to produce astonishing new works armed with only a pair of scissors.

You can get a fabulous insight into this process via the wonderful colour photographs of how Matisse lived "inside" his work (as Duhême describes it), with the cut-outs placed all over the walls of his various studios. Many of these works are in the exhibition at Tate Modern, including The Snail's "companion piece" Memory of Oceania (1952-1953), brought together for the first time since they were in their creator's studio. …

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